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John Muldoon Tells How Robbie Henshaw Won Over Connacht Players Hours After His Debs

John Muldoon Tells How Robbie Henshaw Won Over Connacht Players Hours After His Debs

Robbie Henshaw's 2017 Lions tour was unfortunately cut short due to injury, so rather than perpare for the deciding match in the test seies with the All Blacks, the Leinster man is back on these shores with his arm in a sling.

Henshaw joined up with Eddie O'Sullivan, Reggie Corrigan, and John Muldoon to talk all things Lions for 2FM's Game On Live hosted in Buccaneers RFC in Athlone on Friday, where he faced questions from the crowd about his time in New Zealand as well as his career so far.

It was when he was asked a question regarding his breakthrough with Connacht that John Muldoon decided to jump in with a story that did a fantastic job of summing up how Henshaw got to where he is today.

Muldoon revealed that Connacht had a friendly in England the day after Robbie Henshaw's debs, but having been introduced to the squad a month earlier, he was desperate to make an impression and made the trip over to England despite not arriving home until 9am that morning.

He made that impression as he was named man of the match, which left the Connacht players on the pitch that day in no doubt as to his potential.

I saw Robbie playing as a schoolboy at The Sportsground a few of years ago, and Robbie mentioned it there, he had his debs on a Friday night, we'd a friendly away at Harlequins the following day.

Robbie got in at about nine o'clock, his Dad brought him over so he wouldn't have got much sleep, but Robbie was the best player on the pitch.

Bare in mind, he had joined us less than a month beforehand, and I think Eric [Elwood] had to convince him as an 18-year-old, and his dad, that he was good enough to be with the senior team.

He was the best player on the pitch and we all walked off, knowing and training with him for three or four weeks, going 'God, this kid is special, it's only a matter of time before he's going to play for Ireland.

Now that is dedication.

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The day after the debs is a total write-off for the vast, vast majority of people, and yet after celebrating and being out until 9am, he still had the desire to travel over to England for a friendly, and then had the talent to be the best player on the pitch.

Remarkable.

You can watch 2FM's Game On Live Lions special below, the Muldoon story on Henshaw starts at around 43:00.

Mikey Traynor

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